FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 2, 2020
L&I Holding Unemployment Compensation Virtual Town Hall
Harrisburg, PA – The Department of
Labor & Industry (L&I) is hosting a live virtual town hall from
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM this Thursday, June 4, 2020, to share information about
Pennsylvania’s regular unemployment compensation (UC) and other new
COVID-19-related benefits programs.
How to participate
A livestream for people with smart devices or computer
access will be online at https://access.live/PAlabor. Those without internet
access can listen by calling 1-833-380-0719,
however access is limited so we ask that they be reserved for individuals
who need them.
will be able to ask questions live during the town hall. At the beginning
of the event, the moderator will explain how to submit questions. To
protect participants’ personal confidential information, questions about
individual claims cannot be answered during the town hall.
Pennsylvania recently implemented all of the new programs
under the federal Coronavirus Aid,
Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act:
Unemployment Benefits Statistics
mid-March, more than $12.3
billion in benefits has been paid to claimants:
- $6.9 billion from regular UC
- $4.6 billion from FPUC
- $783 million from PUA
- $11 million from PEUC
March 15, 2.4
million total unemployment compensation claims have been
- 2 million for regular UC
- 452,000 for PUA
UC staff has worked more than 100,000 overtime hours since March 15.
- UC staffing levels have also increased since
- 312 new staff hired, bringing the total number of
UC staff to
- 358 additional state employees have been
reassigned from other offices/agencies to assist in UC
calls have been answered by IBM Watson, an automated virtual phone
assistant that answers many common UC questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
recording of the UC public town hall from Thursday, May 28, is available here. Additional unemployment benefits information is available on
L&I’s website, Facebook or Twitter.
MEDIA CONTACT: Penny Ickes, firstname.lastname@example.org
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